Managing Project-related Risks
Subsurface utility engineering is an engineering process that locates, assesses and manages the risks associated with underground utilities throughout the lifecycle of construction projects.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has published guidelines for the application of SUE. The "Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data" describes the roles and responsibilities, methodology and defining characteristics of SUE work.
The benefits of SUE are many, including reduction in conflicts between existing utilities and construction activities, increased jobsite safety, and increased savings for both cost and schedule.
SUE Pilot Project
The Oregon Department of Transportation has completed a SUE pilot project at Highway 217 and Greenburg Road in Tigard. This project collected utility data for use in a three-dimensional design model.